Wednesday, August 16, 2006


In the forogotten war:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Bombs killed 21 people in central Baghdad on Wednesday, and gunmen attacked the governor's office in
Iraq's second-largest city — another sign of unrest in the Shiite heartland as U.S. troops step up operations in the capital after the deadliest month for civilians of the war.

One bomb exploded late in the morning near day laborers waiting for work in the central Nahda district, killing eight people and wounding 28, police Lt. Bilal Ali said.

Two nearly simultaneous car bombs exploded Wednesday evening in the Batayween area of central Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 55, police Lt. Ali Mutaab said. The blasts sent a huge cloud of black smoke over the troubled city.